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Martin & Ferraro has been ranked as a top-ten patent law firm in the technology sector of medical devices. Patent Ratings (March 2005). In recognition of its clients’ increasing need for additional expertise, Martin & Ferraro has grown its post-grant practice and has successfully defended patent claims before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board and challenged adverse patents in the PTAB. In 2014, Martin and Ferraro ranked in the top 30 law firms in the country representing Patent Owners in the PTAB for post grant proceedings including Inter Partes Review and Covered Business Method Patent Review. ManagingIP.com “Data: The busiest companies at the PTAB in 2014” (March 2015).
The firm closely collaborates with respected national litigation firms and many international law firms with worldwide offices to meet our clients’ global needs. Martin & Ferraro strives to serve its clients with integrity, professionalism, and superior work product and results. Martin & Ferraro enjoys long-standing relationships with many of its clients and welcomes new clients to the firm.
Some representative examples of the firm’s successes follow below:
Martin & Ferraro are the exclusive patent prosecution attorneys for client Gary K. Michelson, MD who obtained a $570 million jury verdict on medical device patents prepared and prosecuted by the firm. The dispute was subsequently resolved as part of a $1.35 billion dollar acquisition of the Michelson patent portfolio, reported by the Los Angeles Times as one of the largest ever involving an intellectual property dispute. Los Angeles Times “L.A. Surgeon to Be Paid $1.35 Billion for Patents” (April 23, 2005).
Warsaw Orthopedic, Inc. (a Medtronic entity) obtained a $101 million judgment in a patent infringement dispute with NuVasive, Inc. The jury found that NuVasive's spinal technology infringed Warsaw's patents prosecuted by Martin & Ferraro. The case was listed in Los Angeles Daily Journal "Jury Awards $101 million to medical device maker in patent case" (September 23, 2011); Law360 "Jury Hands Medtronic $101M in Spine Device IP Fight" (September 20, 2011); Bloomberg News "Medtronic Wins $101 Million Award from NuVasive Over Spine Device Patents" (September 20, 2011).
Prism Technologies obtained a $30 million jury verdict against telecommunication company Sprint Corp. for patents prosecuted by Martin & Ferraro for telephone network connectivity. Sacramento Business Journal “Jury awards Internet Patents subsidiary $30M in patent case with Sprint” (June 25, 2015).